Monday, January 20

hip hip hooray! tis a 'little string of happy' giveaway ...

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED

sometime around the october mark, last year, i picked up my rusty dusty knitting sticks and started beavering away on little rectangles. about the same time, the lovely Caroline from 91 Magazine ( a peachy online magazine totally free!) got in touch telling me they were working on a special crafty issue to come out in the new year. well one thing led to another and she kindly invited me to be involved. 
i looked at my little knitty rectangles, they looked at me and the rest was yarny history...


whilst i worked upon my 'little string of yarny goodness' to be included in the crafty issue of 91 Magazine, i was reminded once again just how marvelous little strings can be for not only cheering up a little corner of our nests but also our little crafty hearts. they can take some time to make, or they can take very little time at all. they can be made of so many different materials and the possibility is endless of the results. and so my little cogs only went and turned and that turning process led to a most marvelous idea... well i thought it was, and i thought, well why not Tif, why not indeedy!

i have decided this is the perfect year to start '12 marvelous strings of happy for 12 marvelous months'. whereupon each and every month i will show a recipe for a 'little string of happy' here on my blog so others may make some too if they wish (many of which will be perfectly suited to small beings and little critters) and after which i will give away the 'little string of happy' i made.


and so January's 'little string of happy' and how to make it, can be found within the covers of 91 Magazine on page 24 and also on the front cover, which i must confess i was tres happy to see. you will find all the nitty gritty on how to make the little string or set you up for making your own version. (ummm, didn't you just say that Tif?) moving on... you will also find an awful lot more marvelous crafty goodness from some marvelous crafty souls. truly this magazine is one to keep close by to get through the long winter months.

now it has been like forever and a day, many many moons, too many to count, a century has come and gone, donkeys years, since i had a giveaway on my blog. i fear my rusty dusty blog giveaway skills may just let me down, but i must tread, where i am fearful to tread and trust my little blog will not let me down. so here is the nitty gritty, if you wish to win the 'little string of yarny goodness' found within the pages of 91 Magazine. 

january's string of happy, no less


* leave a comment here telling me what you do in January to make you happy, with your name and email address or some way for me to get hold of you 
(moderation is on so do not fret if it does not appear straight away, i will check in every day and publish the comments)

* please only one entry per dearie

* this is open to anyone anywhere around the globe

* this giveaway will close on sunday 6pm pacific time. after which i will pick a winner randomly and announce the dearie next monday 27th january


i do believe that is it. my only minor fretting is, i have had comments switched off for so long, i am hopeful they will work for this. if not then i am sure i will get wind of it soon and go in and do a bit of twiddling behind the scenes along with a bit of muttering and then if all else fails, i will turn to my lads of three, have a little melt down and hope they can come to my rescue

righty ho, gosh, well, here we go then, the first month of  '12 marvelous months of 12 marvelous strings of happy' (nice switch of wording Tif)... eeeek! oh please please work Mr Blog

147 comments:

Ginny T said...

I'm frock making, and doing a granny triangle crochet shawl to banish those January blues! X

Emma Elliott said...

As its abit chilly in the uk I take my boys pebble and seaglass hunting followed by a hot coco and stew this makes me Happy. bubsiekins@hotmail.com
great giveaway idea. Emma ;)

olivia coffeestone said...

i am working on my MANY ufos. (unfinished objects) It makes me feel so good inside to finish something and then either start using it or give it away so someone else may enjoy it! SOOO much better than that ufo sitting lonely on a shelf.

Natasha said...

Oh, how exciting. Well, it's summer here in South Africa, so I don't need to do anything special to make me happy. Seeing the ocean and remembering I live right next to it still makes me very happy every time.

nvenzke(@)gmail.com

vanillalemoncake said...

What a lovely giveaway!!! I fill my home and garden with flowers... spring bulbs with their glorious scent, and winter violas and primroses for colour... perfect!!

@vanillalemoncake (instagram)

juliemp said...

I have had fun making dresses for summer this January - Julie x

Podkins said...

It's been SO RIDICULOUSLY hot (41C+) in my part of the world --Australia -- these last few weeks! But that hasn't stopped me dying my very first raw mohair fleece teal, spinning it up with latte-coloured alpaca, and crocheting the softest chunkier cowl ever! Happiness!

And now ... When is winter?

Moe said...

I've been participating in "Fun A Day", where you make/create something fun everyday in the month of January, then show off your work in February. My project is "Buttons A Day". I'm making wall art with BUTTONS! So fun! Dottie, I love your work and hope to be a lucky winner!
-Melissa Bankhead aka Hippie Hamper xgirl76@gmail.com

daisymarmalade said...

This January, in between hopping over football field-sized puddles here in Somerset I have been making sure the family has plenty of warming foodie treats with winter veg soups, baked goods and tea on tap from our cosy stove, Ruby. Good luck with 2012! daisymarmalade@hotmail.com

Karis said...

I'm making a crocheted blanket for my husband and I! I've been crocheting for about 3 years and this is the first thing I will have kept for myself without giving it away as a gift! kariswaibel@gmail.com

deedee said...

Lots and lots of baking and mixed media art with my kiddos. My 8 year old daughter has just acquired her first 'real' sewing machine and I am teaching her the 'ins and the outs'. Lovely string of happiness you have there!
xx

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

What a sweet and lovely giveaway! I love for it to slow down and be peaceful in the wintery cold weather, and I do love to be crafty and crochet during that time! :) Thanks for a chance to win! Happy day to you! xo Holly { damitasprettywrap@hotmail.com }

the woolly dog said...

It's the old story I'm afraid, chocolate!

charissa said...

crocheting!
charissa
joyfulfour@optonline.net

torirot said...

What a sweet little string of happy! On its way to Norway soon, maybe?

Katie said...

What a lovely little string of happiness it is too! In January I geekily like getting new stationery for my crafty planning (LOVE new stationery). But I also spend as much time outside getting muddy with my little one as I can. Nothing quite like it. :-) ktthebean@gmail.com

rainbowfairydust said...

So far in January I have painted a chair pink, bought myself some anenomies and inspired by you some charity shop vintage materials.....January smells rather nice so far :) hoping the rest of it will be just as colourfull and textured.....and sound like barefeet on bubble wrap :) x

Kirsten Young said...

I like to organize my schedule and my stuff. Right now I am rearranging my studio and sorting fabric. So much fabric.

ms.kirsten.young@gmail.com

Jolana said...

Oh, so pretty giveaway!!!

I made two crocheted spring pillows (with flower motif). Yes, I know, it is winter time, but the weather is terrible in our country, we have only grey days, no snow..., so I try to make my days more colorful :) And I would like to finish my "Kitchen Vintage Quilt" too :)

Have a wonderful time and thank you for this lovely idea!
Jolana

jolana@mjstudio.cz

becky macneill said...

Swimming in the surf in ohope new Zealand xx

Mrs King said...

Hi, such a lovely giveaway. I am very lucky and work in Richmond Park in London (I manage an education centre in the middle of the park). So this January I've been lucky enough to watch frosty, misty mornings across the park, feed birds on my nature trail and take my own children out with the wildlife officers to feed the deer at night. Back at home, I'm loving knitting with a blanket on my knee . X

Stephanie Gaddis said...

Getting snugly under blankets with my little ones while we "school" and drink tea and knit. We are enjoying the winter, being transplants from CA to Kentucky.

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love your happy little garland. January is a new month to a new year so after I tuck the Christmas decorations away I rearrange the furniture and "redecorate" using what vintage treasures I already have for a fresh different but new to me look.

Danielle

SWEET MARY said...

Its summer time for me here in NZ so January is garden pottering, beach walks, catching up with friends and making stuff.

Alison Gibbs said...

January is extra special as it's school holidays here in Australia and I get to spend more time with my grandchildren .... that's the best kind of happy

Susanne said...

Here in good ole Tennessee, January seems to be all about baking, sewing and rejoicing that the holidays are once again over :)

curbsidenation@gmail.com

Selfsewn said...

Ah all is clear, I saw your little string and thought someone had totally ripped off your style!!

When I'm not english paper piecing I will be sketching and painting, as this is my year for ART x

Janet Meijer said...

This month I find myself crocheting a softie for our little one arriving in May and sewing a doll for my goddaughter... Gifts made of love and attention...

Paula Castro said...

I'm getting more involved in knitting and enjoying each moment of it.
pacas.arq@gmail.com

Sonia said...

If the sun has got his hat on then I wrap me and my boys up and get out there for some fresh air! We threw a boomerang around a field the other weekend which was a lot of fun!!!! At night times I like to curl up on the sofa with a bit o' knitting! I adore your little string of happiness...that would help cheer up my front room!!!!

Molly Byrd said...

January always makes me happy because it is my birthday month!

Mme nosenose said...

This january I'm doing up my studio! When it's ready it's a space which I don't have to share with kids or a computer! This will look great on my door!

Susan said...

With the cold weather in the Midwest, January has often found me crocheting away; tucked up nicely under some blankets with a cup of tea.
Thanks for the offer...
Susan @SugarBeans.org
SusanB(at)SugarBeans(Dot)org

ButterandBuntings said...

Sooo pretty. I am looking forward to seeing more of your little strings of happy this year. January I like to spend time at the beach. We go away or a week every year with my mum. Walking along the sand, standing in the water. It fills me with a whole lot of peace and creative ideas as everything is calm! my email is tarryncarr@gmail.com
Tarryn :)

mollie rodwell said...

I am crocheting my January Blues away x

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

I go for walks through the snow :)

ambjer said...

i love these buntings you make, so cozy! knitting is what i do always to make me happy!
Amber S.
ambjer (at) gmail (dot) com

Jane said...

What a lovely string of happy it is! I've been crocheting a baby blanket for a friend whilst sitting on the porch with my pair-a-dachs (two little dachshunds) in the winter sunshine in Florida. Dachshunds do love their rays of sunshine to toast the ol' bones. cousinit0105@yahoo.com

Alycia said...

i'm making a granny square a day and having a hard time doing just one!

darren.T said...

And what a lovely little string it is!
In January I make myself happy by cross-country skiing in the woods, basking in sunbeams (when there are any), concocting delicious soups and then eating said concoctions, doing yoga, and snuggling my wee baby boy close.

Darcy said...

I would love a little string of happiness straight from Dottie Angel to Darcy Angel! Thank you for the chance to win, Tif!

Amy said...

I usually give myself a bit of a break after all the holiday rush. I try to make things for myself and my family, that always tends to lift my spirits.

mbi said...

I am making myself happy by running again - in the sunshine (also from the Wet Coast, so know to appreciate sunshine in winter), and trying new recipes to spice up our eating-together life. And I am starting photo journalling around my one little word for the year. I love new starts. And starting again. And trying something new to shake things up.
Alison

DANIEL KOHNKE said...

I am trying to teach myself to crochet. Maybe by the time I finish a scarf or something, it will be spring!! Hooray!
diana in sioux falls

Marie said...

I am finding little ways to make myself happy in January by taking time just to have a few moments to sit quietly and center my mind/spirit/body. I am picking up my needle and thread to stitch a bit, and doing a bit of punch needle. I ordered a little stitchy book that makes me smile and visit blogs like yours that warm my heart and give me a smile xo <3
Thank you <3

Jane said...

Hi Tif
Well here in rainy Devon I'm struggling a bit to keep the January blues away. I do my best with little pots of spring bulbs (bought for pennies from the supermarket!) popped into vintage enamel mugs - preferably with a picture of the Queen on it!
Jane (Posy) xxx
goble.uk@gmail.com

Elizabeth Harrison said...

Lovely! I like to smash book (like scrap booking) :)

gailealex said...

tif, i love your blog and the bunting is so cute. in fact i am going to see if i can try to make one too. in january, i do a lot of hand sewing and making little dolls for the little ones in my family. gailealex@cox.net

Bee Lady said...

Well let's see...what do I do to get through this snow covered month. I stay in a lot. I drink hot chocolate with at least three marshmallows in it. I do a lot of crafting in preparing for the Winter Woolen Workshop (which is a weekend of fiber fun which is held at two downtown mansions that are right next to each other. We sell stuff that we make, hence I'm crafting, we sell stuff so others can make stuff that we make, and we have workshops to show people how to make stuff that we make) I am also preparing to teach a beekeeping class. My first. ACK! I stay busy, staying inside, but I am OVER the snow! Done with it!

Cindy Bee

ps - I'm going to go check out that magazine. I read a lot of inspiring magazines in the month of January.

gailealex said...

january is a favorite for me, its my birthday month for one. i do a lot of hand sewing, making little dolls for the little ones. and i do love to knit and crochet. love your blog, its a happy place.

danaj said...

I have been crocheting bead wrap bracelets lately, for a little change of pace. I adore your blog!
danawenrich@att.net

Monica said...

Healthy eating and lots of knitting have made this an awesome January for me!

Linda S said...

Where I live in Canada we have got a lot of snow. Last week we were snowed in for three days. I've been crocheting, reading and watching old movies. I also found a Knifty Knitter Loom Knitter and I am making an infinity scarf for one of my many daughters (six to be exact). northstar62@hotmail.ca
Linda S. from Canada

Tracey said...

In January I celebrate the anniversaries of meeting and marrying my husband. 20 years married, 22 together this year!

Jodee Murrie said...

I am a school teacher in a remote country town in Australia. It is a scorching summer here and our average temperature is 40deg Celsius. We are also Ina drought so my garden is pretty depressing. Needless to say we are on school holidays and I spend my days in the pool, at school prepping and trying really hard to get some crochet done in the aircon. Your blog is so inspirational and I read it just to look at the green outside your window sometimes!
Jodee xoxo
Jodeemurrie@yahoo.com
The fluffy cardy.blogspot.com.au

nicolesender said...

In January I knit, crochet and start planning my garden. I love to read the new year garden seed magazines when snow is on the ground.

meppybn said...

Dottie Angel, how wonderful!! :) :) I am visiting fam in NZ for a couple of months, tramping, beach time & knitting every chance I get…..looking forward to 12 months of happy strings!!

SconnieAndJam said...

I've been crocheting a large granny square blanket...while sitting in sweltering heat and dreaming of weather that will allow me to snuggle under that completed blanket.

Michele Stuart said...

I will celebrate my birthday!

Giddyauntlola said...

I have just started rehearsals for an amateur dramatic production of Witches of Easrwick and For once I got a great part as one off the witches! hurrah! Our leading man is a handsome 18 year old, so happy January! Sharon Pickles

domesticgoddess76@hotmail.com.

breezebot said...

Hello! My name is Breezy and I have been teaching myself to do little bits of embroidery! It started out a bit daunting, but has come to be a new favorite activity, and my little creations have made me very happy!

Thank you for the opportunity to win something happy.

breezyguerra@gmail.com

Lucy Eldridge said...

Crochet crochet and a little more crochet is how I keep hippity happy . My birthday is also in January so extra slice of happy .
Lucy x
Spacebambi2001@yahoo.co.uk

Jill Pierpoint said...

Having the girls round for a stitch and bitch helps me through the January blues.

audrey couture said...

I love your 'little string of happy. This is year january (here in italy) is very rainy...so I love to jump into puddles with my wellies ;)
thank you for this lovely giveaway.
audreycouture.blogspot.it

Hazel Dow said...

Oooooo, that is so beautiful, I love the salmon and mustard together, looks like a fancy meal. This January we started a new tradition, I was too I'll to go to the lovely Christmas market in our town this year, so after the Christmas rush was over (and a sneaky poke around on the Internet I knew nothing about) my bear took me on the train to nottingham, when we got there they still had their little Christmas market village all set up, there was ice skating and the stalls were in cute miniature German houses covered with fake snow. It was like Christmas had carried on just a little longer just for us, magical. thefrocktopus@live.co.uk xxx

Retro Wren said...

Oh my! A tres spiffy giveaway :)

Since acquiring my wee small doggy, my favourite thing is to sit at my sewing machine with doggy laying in his portable bed in the chair next to me, whilst watching my every move :)

So lovely to read your blog posts my sweet, and here what a fabulous time you had over here at Christmastime.

Take care dear Tif. Xx

La La's said...

January has been a month of crocheting red doilies from symbol patterns from France - a great way to keep the wind and rain at bay in the West of Ireland

Tonia said...

I'm finishing off my knitted patchwork blanket and making stews: both are v warming for the soul!
Tonia x sealingwaxandstring@gmail.com

Hannapat said...

January is my month where I am working on listening to my body, finding the voice within and fine tuning the harmonies that are so beautifully written between our bodies and minds. Its a month of love and care and nurture with good healthy food, beautiful music, wool and small stitches. Thank you for the change to win this little bit of happy that will most certainly brighten up my January xoxo

miss ann said...

i've spent my january starting the crochetmoodblanket2014 on instagram. it's been wonderful meeting new people and seeing what they have done. elizabethann271@gmail.com

Lydia said...

I am just trying to stay warm this January. We have been having a cold and snowy January! On the 28th though, I will be celebrating my daughter's 18th birthday!
Lydia, loopinlyd40@aol.com

Aureas Kitchen said...

Oh January, it was a nightmare because we are moving in February and we couldnt find a flat for us, but yes, we find out a new for us home, so I spend my time between some UFOs, some baking, looking at pinterest for inspiration, a new,for us, kitchen, a new,for me, sewing room... so many ideas, so tight budget, but at least, I come back to my home birth city, to be near my mother and siblings...

Ruth Coleman said...

Hello, thank you for this chance to win!
I invite friends I have not seen for ages over to tea and cakes. Start a new crochet project for the year, usually a new blanket for the winter knowing progress will slow over the summer :)
And enjoy my dogs being in the house more.

ps i do love Mr munchley xxx

theetje said...

Started jogging again, bought a house ( not planning on do so every year, don' t be alarmed, but it is very good for the plan-making-mood;), and go to sleep early......that how i'm surviving January, for now ;)
But a little string of you're yarney goodness will work wondere too!
Love Theetje

Kattegat said...

Oh, Tiff, the sting is perfectly peachy!!

Things what makes me happiest this month:
1) wrapping my boys in a snuggly blanket of love, grabbing a big bowl of popcorn and nestling down to watch 'Singing in the Rain' whilst it pours down outside.
2) trawling the thrift shops to add to my ever increasing collection of vintage embroidered linen and buttons - I will make something with these one day, but ooooh they are so difficult to cut up...!
3) lolloping about the countryside with my furry, handsome woofer, whose mantra is 'the wetter the better'!
4) spending perhaps a little too much time delighting over the pretties on Pintrest
5) spotting changes in the seasons, like how misty mornings reveal dozens of intricate spider webs festooned with tiny droplets of dew
....these are some of my favourite things..

Kxx

Pati from London said...

Tiff, this is such a lovely giveaway... thanks very very much!
I have my kettle on in constant during january as I'm a tea addict, crochet, read books, procrastinate a lot (specially house jobs, he,he..), bake, play scrabble, watch films under blankies, never diet... Ohh I long for sunny spring.
The online magazine is beautiful.
Pati x

MsBittyKnacks said...

I've been making mini flower dollys to keep me happy this month :) Tif love your blog and makes you are a huge inspiration!
Email rivera79mi@yahoo

pascale Cerdan said...

Oh January is my birthday I finally bought a big canvas yesterday to paint again and make a mixed media collage type with fabric and all kind of yarn ect
I just love your creativity so much and the way you present everything, it's so beautiful, charming and poetic
Thank you again and again to share all your life with passion , of course I DO want to win !!!!! Oh fun!!

Mita Saldana said...

I find myself wanting to organize after the holidays. Cleaning and straightening and feeling refreshed. I am also teaching myself to crochet! Thanks for the opportunity to win your lovely bunting!

Marthe said...

Dear Tif.
Nice your back from christmas holiday :-)
I so much enjoy your blog. Like the way you play with words, like the way you experiment with nice handcrafts.
January in Denmark is dark and wet, but I like winter. Evenings with lots of free hours to knit and crocket. Have a nice January!
Marthe / famlundsgaard@gmail.com
www.en have i marslev.blogspot.com

Els04 said...

I'm crocheting my own legwarmers, for the first time! Hooray!!
(you can find me on: dingendiefijnzijn.blogspot.com)

Patty Radish said...

Getting organized and ready for another year of creative happiness!

Rendell said...

Out walking on the rare sunshiny days here in the PNW make me happy as well as making thick yummy soups and big loaves of bread during the month of January. I have also been known to do a bit of knitting and collating as well. I've got to check this magazine out.
fdell@aol.com

Laura said...

Lovely lovely! This January I'm knitting, as usual, and planning baby gifts for the year. Also, snuggling with my own little 8 mo old sweetie and enjoying walks on (rare) sunny days here in Portland, Oregon. Thank you for this! I've so enjoyed reading the comments.

Melissa said...

Hi Tif! My January has been mostly about cleaning and decluttering my home. Boring I know, but necessary as my poor crafting/sewing table is drowning under a big pile-o-crap :-(. I'm so in love with your 'little string of happiness' project and looking forward to creating a few of my own.
Melissa xo

Yarnword said...

I've set myself a block a week challenge from The Farmer's Wife Sampler Quilt book. Week 2 and I have managed not to change my own rules yet! Getting on with a crochet blanket and shawl - our weather has been so wet and windy you just have to think cosy.

Claire said...

While January is normally woolie time, I am in Florida now. A little longer than planned because of snow on the east coast! So I am journaling and helping his parents a little longer. Not hey are very happy.

brett and carly said...

Oh I love January! I recently took up crocheting, so currently my favorite thing to do is to sit in my favorite room and crochet away at little hearts so as to make a little string of happy hearts. :)

loulouandgill said...

My very bestest January perker upper is to take my delightful and very naughty terrier Moo to the old disused cemetery near my house and watch her leap like a gazelle over the gravestones. The very bestest time of day is about 8 am- ish while the morning is still misty and frosty.
This sounds way more spooky than it actually is, (sometimes I take my morning coffee with me!)
I love your blog and your crafty ways!

Barbara Pankhurst said...

Why I go to your blog to make me happy in January of course! Also I surround myself with lots of colour and crafty goodness and nice things to eat :)

momoshari said...

Howdy, well, my favorite things to do to be happy in January are to read lovely blogs (like yours!) read cookbooks and dream about food I might want to make sometime (I hardly ever do this at any other time of year)and go through all of the colorful decorating and craft magazines I have collected over the years, planning out things I want to make in the coming year. Smiles and Daisies, Shari Witt, momoshari@yahoo.com

natalie jo said...

I've been getting up at 4am every day...even weekends. Sounds perfectly horrid doesn't it? I can't believe it myself but I'm finding I actually beat the alarm most mornings. I even have a smile on my face while I struggle into several sweaters, put on LOTS of socks and head down stairs to put the kettle on (it's more than nippy here in New England right now!)My dear hubby thinks I've totally lost it but it's actually quite the opposite...I've found creative bliss! The kind of bliss that dear hubbies and cranky teenagers would laugh and roll their eyes at and so I don't dared utter a peep about it in their presence. I work for an hour or so and then get on with the day's hoopla. They are none the wiser but I am! Stings of happiness are just the best things ever be they knitty rectangles or a succession of early morning pursuing a passion.
Happy Wishes,
natalie jo

nataliejo66@comcast.net

Sandy C said...

Funny you should ask that question because last year I bought your granny chic book and waited for the winter to read it. I ended up making a lot of the projects and it brightened up my winter because they were all so bright and cheery.

Sandy
Sandbeech@hotmail.com

Kaylin said...

Portland is always gloomy around this time, so I like to collect loose leaf tea and dried flowers to make my own special tea blends. It's a nice way to warm up :)

Khamka8@gmail.com

Pam said...

a little mexico amd a little crafting along with the month off from customer quilting equals HAPPY
and fingers crossed for your string of happy...that would be a wonderful bonus xo

Linda said...

This time of year I love to have a pot of soup on the stove, a mug of tea nearby and a small craft project in my lap. Thanks for sharing your lovely knitty banner...it's delightful!

Jolijn Design said...

What makes me happy this month is sitting warm at home with my family and chatting about the day over a hot cup of tea in a cozy home with a fun-pretty-cute-sweet diy-garland to look at and make me more happy!!

X
Jolijn

jolijnklaver@hotmail.com

Mrs Bertimus said...

I am working my way through Leonie Dawson's year Book, making all sorts of plans for the next twelve months ahead.
What a very kindly give away Miss Angel x

Lisanne Multem said...

O I know the fealing! I'll keep on knitting en crochet till the sun comes back! If you would like to see what I have made so far: www.draadenpraat.blogspot.com
And I have been reading a lot, as you can see also! This magazine makes me really curious...
Thanks for your posts, the make me really happy! Bye...

Betty Raeven said...

We start January with a clear nature table, drapped with a white hand-embroidered tablecloth. Onto this we let the weak daylight fall and the warmth of Father Sun if he decides to pop by. As the month goes on we slowly fill the table up with curious collections of feathers and gnarled "twings" (a cross between twigs and things) and (today's beauty) a leaf caught in ice. Rachel@soulgypsy.co.uk

vintage grey said...

A lovely garland! In January crocheting and embroidery are what I love to do that makes me happy! Thanks for a sweet giveaway! xo Heather

Louise Baker said...

It's summer in Perth hovering around 40C. I am having fun helping my youngest daughter decorate her home with handmade goodies. Her first stringy thing hangs proudly in her lounge.

Julie said...

Hi Tiff, I adore your little strings of happy so much :-) Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. It is summer here in January so I garden mostly, but when we get a rainy day I love to sit inside & sew & plot & plan things to make for the winter time :-) We have had a few rainy days so it has been so welcome as last year we had a drought for months. Julie x0x

Sarah LoCascio said...

We celebrate birthdays in January to keep us happy! Every single person in my (and my husband's!) family has a January birthday, so we spend the month eating cake and blowing up balloons;) My birthday is day after tomorrow! I'd love a string of happiness! -Sarah locasciosarah@gmail.com

Jamie V said...

I love January, as it is my birthday month! I usually try to plan some big adventures for the year, and I try to get organized in all areas of my life! Jamie V in MT
http://rem-nants.blogspot.com
jamievowell@yahoo.com

Katherine Chapman said...

I'm finishing up some knee high Noro socks, bought the yarn in 2008 so it seems to be about time! They are quite cheery and bright. :)

Sarah said...

Hello! I am spending my January enjoying my three month old baby girl as well as my 3 & 6 year old girls, reminding myself that there will one day soon be time for projects, but now the most important thing is them. They make me happy!
Sarahlsguzman@gmail.com

sofen said...

Crafting makes me happy, in January as well as all year around!

jachelno(at)gmail(dot)com

pippa tipene said...

Hi Dotty,
I am a crafty Pom living in Australia with 2 girls on their summer holidays from school, so we spend January sewing, crafting, swimming, camping, chilling & generally having fun. Gotta luv Jan xx

pippa tipene said...

I didn't leave my email address with my comment my name is Pippa.. its pippatip@gmail.com

Thanks x

Candy Pop said...

Hello Tif,

I'm so excited about your 'little string of happy' project! And congratulations on being featured on the cover of 91 Magazine.

During January I simply make sure I am kind to myself!

Natasha :)

Signes sammensurium said...

Hei!
Du har en super blog, og dette var en veldig fin give-away!
Her i Norge har vi fått veldig mye snø, den er det mye arbeid med! Da er det hyggelig å komme inn og fyre på peisen og strikke, hekle eller prøve ut den nye symaskinen jeg fikk til jul!
Ønsker deg en fin onsdag.
De beste ønsker fra Signe
min blog er signebia.blogspot.no

Signes sammensurium said...

I love Your blog and Your give-away! Have a Nice day!
Signe Maria nilsen.

Mo@oohaahknits said...

This is a special January in our family with the birth of Eli, we all have starry eyes and lots of love in our hearts and I get to do some creative knitting for my new grandson making it the happiest Jamuary in a long time xx ps beautiful banner xx Moira

Moiratraylen@gmail.com

Heather said...

For a little cheer in January, I've begun an embroidery project. I'm not sure where it will take me, but I am certainly enjoying the process.

generation peace said...

We've just been sitting around watching 4 baby guinea pigs run around their Mama. My daughters guinea pig had 4 babies the first week of this month and we are all enchanted by them....even the dog and cats! :)

joppe said...

I love reading 'dottie angel, the peachy crafty word of tif fussel' It makes me smile!

Laura said...

This is so lovely! I'm teaching myself how to crochet with the help of youtube. :-)

blessings
~*~

sandra said...

Since I live in "sunny" San Diego I like to spend January in my garden planting new things for Spring and also of course crocheting some little birds and such for decoration. I LOVE YOUR HAPPY STRINGS!!!

Eilandkind/Islandchild said...

I love the little crafty bit of goodness. It would look perfectly peachy across my little kitchen. Love your blog and your boog, thanks for sharing your life with us.

Pauline said...

I have signed up to a patchwork class. Learning a new craft makes me happy!!
pog.morrow@googlemail.com

Savanah said...

Warm bubble baths in my claw foot tub warm my cool soul in January! Add a book, some wine, and soft music and that's all I need for happiness :)

Savanah
savanah_m@yahoo.com

Kim Vance said...

Doing a bit of red embroidery work, rearranging, cooking, experimenting with new recipes, making curtains, stoking a fire constantly, and trying to stay toasty. Thank you for the beautiful offering.

barryvance@rittermail.com

Kate-Em said...

Tea, cake, knitting, reading, friends and family. All making me happy in Januaty.

Irene Teo said...

Such a sweet string of cheerfulness! As we're in the midst of renovating our house, the chance to declutter is truly liberating. Also squeezing in time at night when the kids are asleep to do some paper crafting!

April Arnold said...

♥♥~~**I LoVe to drink a pot of organic engish breakfast with honey and raw cream and spin yummy fiber on my spindle**~~♥♥

Carmen Jorissen said...

What a lovely giveaway! I'm pretty new to your blog, but I love your style :)
This January I am happy because... I finally booked my 3 month vacation to China with my boyfriend,I just can't wait to go!! :)
Have a lovely day~

Carmen
carmenjorissen@hetnet.nl

Janey G said...

oh this is so lovely! I am running and eating right and playing rugby and making things and painting. xxxx

Sherri B. said...

There is one thing I can count on to brighten my January and that is all of the seed catalogs that start showing up in the mail..Then the dreaming begins! xo

Regina Melo-Jocknevich said...

How lucky I am, I got here on time to try and win this beautiful, beautiful "little string of happy".Just to look at it makes me happy :)

And for sure I need that in this cold & gray winter.
When I am not looking at beautiful things talented people like you make, to beat the winter blues I cook cookies and I always have fresh flowers at home and have fun arranging and photographing them.

Regina
gigialvesmelo@gmail.com

Sarah Boyd said...

I have been sewing a summer frock so that when Mr Sunshine finally makes an appearance in Guernsey I will be ready to don my summer frock and skip out in the sunshine! (I can not help myself but skip in the summer time, summer frocks and skipping just seem to go hand in hand to me.......... it is a this point my 2 children now 10 and an almost very grown up 12 year old get very embarrassed, gone are the days of skipping with me, sad face)
sarah boyd
craftyfoxsews at gmail dot com

Chenshaz said...

Apart from the awful heat in Australia, I love January! It's summer holidays which means learning lots of mixed media techniques through Creative Jump Start, an online program of short videos from different artists, everyday through the month. So my day is spent playing with these techniques and hours of pinterest, which is how I have found this wonderful blog. Love your giveaway. Regards Sharyn

Scotti said...

a little string of happy over my sewing machine as i make pinnies from feedsacks for my dollies would make all parties concerned giddy indeed. happy 2014!

Jeanine H said...

i recently found your blog via craftgawker somewhere. i havent yet seen these sweet "strings of happy" but i soo appreciate them ;D thank you for sharing these with us!
To keep us happy during January, we usually leave up the Christmas lights around the house a wee bit longer to soak up the seasons spirit & energy of love. Then, around mid-January we start the shift into Valentines Decor to prepare for More LOVE ;) Kids love that!
Thank you ever SO MUCH for opening this Giveaway to Global Readers--makes me feel appreciated ;)
Jeanine from Canada

Kathy Davis said...

To make me happy in January... sitting by the warm fire with my husband Joe, sewing or crocheting. (It has been very cold here in the MO Ozarks!)
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Michellee said...

I've moved into a new home and this January I've been trying to get my little shabby studio ready to CREATE in. It's my happy place. And these little "Stringy things" will add to it's happiness...

Lisa Williams said...

Hello!
I warm my heart with a huge open fire and keep my nose tucked between the pages of a book for the WHOLE of January.

Thanks for the chance. noodlebubble@hotmail.co.uk

noodleBubble X

Sue (Modern Fibre) said...

January is my favourite month. I love the snow and cold, and it's my birth month. I spoil myself silly with extra time for knitting projects, pouring over knitting books and magazines, and figuring out what to make from the stash. Thanks for this chance to win your lovely string of happiness for January!

Sue
modernfibre13@gmail.com

Allison said...

My mom and I both have birthdays in January (2 days apart!). We bake each other cakes to celebrate. She always makes a chocolate one for me, and I make a cheesecake for her. It's always a good month! :)

Fieldwonderful (at) gmail (dot) com

mtsuz said...

In January I get creative in my studio and sewing room while the wind and snow blow outside. mtsuz@yahoo.com

Ann Cruzen said...

In January I like to look over my journal scribblings and calendar markings of the past year. Its a time to reflect after the festive high busyness of the previous month. I hope to apply any lessons I may have learned.
:D
dotursx4@comcast.net

Ms Moore said...

Keeping warm, learning to crochet, so happy!
Sheenam241@gmail.com
Sheena

Sarah said...

In January I like to get the house all ship shape after Christmas and ready for the year ahead. And some plotting and planning of crafty does for the year as well

Mandarine's said...

OH I love so many things about January.
But what I mostly like about it it's the fresh feeling that I have, the thought of the new projects that I will make in the upcoming year, the dreams that might come true...

Thank you for this beautiful giveaway,

(beijingmandarine@gmail.com)

isaksmom said...

January is the month of my son's birth and this is his 16th birthday year so there has been much planning and deciding how to celebrate. I also like to knit and crochet with bright colours to add lightness to the dark days of winter. nvscrapper@gmail.com

MsBaxter105 said...

I WILL, I repeat, WILL finish knitting my cutie-patootie caplet. I WILL finish joining together my crazy random- colored ( as in plunging hand into baggie of scraps and pulling out whatever color gets nabbed by my meaty paws) granny square blanket. Which started life as a throw, but is now queen sized...How does THAT happen?!
Will read waaaaaay back in your blog for inspiration...while trying to banish thought s of Alfeado sauce and Tiramisu from my brain...

Sarah said...

Really a most marvellous giveaway! I'm splitting my happy time this month between a 'granny square a day' blanket, a super-chunky hexie blanket, and redecorating my daughter's bedroom. And frankly, work is getting in the way of all these happy things! Sarah - hometoroostblog.wordpress.com xx